Seen one of our big red balloons in the sky recently? To celebrate the launch of our 2016 hot air balloon flying season, we're offering you the chance to WIN a Champagne Hot Air Balloon Ride for Two.

When you spot our balloon in the sky, simply tweet or share the photo with us using #BalloonSpotter and we'll enter you into the grand draw at the end of the season.

Where Are Hot Air Balloons Near Me?

We have over 100 launch locations across the UK, so you're sure to see a Virgin balloon floating over your hometown or across the countryside when you're commuting, on a weekend walk or even at work.

We fly at 6 am and 6 pm - people tend to spot us when commuting to and from work.*

Remember, even if we don't launch directly from your hometown, this doesn't necessarily mean you won't see us - our balloons can travel up to 20 miles on a flight.

Launching from the picturesque town of Henley-on-Thames - depending on which way the wind lets us float, we could fly over to Reading, whereas a flight from St Albans could see us flying towards Watford and North London.

I Don't Use Social Media, Can I Still Enter?

If you happen to capture one of our balloons in action, but don't use Facebook, Twitter or Instagram, email your entry to

Do you have a Polaroid camera or like printing photos? You could even send your entry to us here at Ballooning Towers:

Virgin Balloon Flights

Jesson House

Stafford Court



Happy balloon spotting!


*If you spot us while driving, please ensure you pull over when it is safe to do so before taking a photo. The competition ends on 31st October 2016. Full terms and conditions can be found here.